OBITUARY: Heidi Wagner St.Martin
February 1, 1964 ~ October 16, 2011
Heidi Wagner St. Martin died October 16, 2011 comfortably in her sleep from complications surrounding epilepsy.
Heidi was born February 1, 1964 in Phoenix AZ to Fay Wagner and Edward “Joe” Wagner. She and the family moved to Tucson and later to Santa Monica CA. In 1965, Heidi became a “Beach Baby,” and also took ballet and ice skating lessons. She learned to ski at Mammoth and June Lake ski areas.
In 1973 Heidi and her family moved to Napa and then to South Lake Tahoe.
She and her brother Eric Wagner and her family participated in all the outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe had to offer. She was a Heavenly Valley Blue Angel skier, attended the local schools and continued to be an outdoor girl.
Upon Graduating from high school in 1982, she moved to San Diego with her friends where she lived for several years. Regrettably on one of her visits home in December of 1988, she and some of her friends were up at the High School where she fell on an icy step and hit her head. Several weeks later she had her first grand mall seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy in San Diego. The family went to San Diego to bring her home to recuperate but she expressed the wish to spend Christmas in San Felipe Mexico. That Christmas opening presents on the beach on Christmas day became one of the most cherished of memories. Unfortunately, Heidi suffered from seizures for the rest of her life. In the last year her seizures were increasingly irregular and she was under a doctor’s care.
She married Scott “Haney” St. Martin in 1990. Scott went through the Lake Tahoe School system with her and in 1989 they met again and started dating. The Wagner family had a cabin on the Madison River and Reynolds Pass, MT where they spent summers with family, friends and relatives. Heidi, Scott, Joe and Fay did a wonderful trip floating down the Smith River in MT, fly fishing and camping for days on end. Heidi fished all the rivers of Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Heidi and Scott loved Montana so much that they decided to live in Bozeman, work at Bridger Bowl Ski Area and get their degrees at Montana State College. The two of them earned bachelor degrees in Sociology. Heidi loved her cat “Montana” who she found on the Madison River on a flying fishing trip. Heidi also loved her cat “Nicki” who she rescued near death at an animal shelter in Orange County, CA.
Heidi and Scott moved back to CA where Scott earned his master’s degree in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Scott and Heidi resided in Dana Point, CA and opened their business named “Visiting Angels of Beach Cities”. Heidi and Scott built their business together until her passing.
Surviving Heidi are her husband Scott St. Martin of Dana Point, CA, her mother Fay Wagner of South Lake Tahoe, CA and her brother Eric and his wife Pamela and their two daughters Lauren and Jordan of Menlo Park, CA. Also surviving Heidi are her aunts and uncles: Glen Powell of Redwood City, CA, Vikki Thurston and Taffy Cressi of Petaluma, CA, Mike Wagner of Englewood, CO, Carl Wagner of Memphis, TN and Paul Wagner of Claremont, NM. Heidi’s father Edward “Joe” Wagner preceded her in death in 2008.
Heidi always stayed close to the beaches, river, lakes and Mexico where she loved to spend time fishing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and enjoying the people and sunshine.
A memorial will be planed for Heidi in August of 2012 at Nevada Beach.
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